2013 Pac-12 North Spring Preview
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
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Posted Mar 3, 2013


Pac-12 Spring Preview - Why Every Team Should Be Fired Up

2013 Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - Pac-12 North

 
North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona St | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah 

2013 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On 

California
Start: February 25 Spring Game: March 23

Why To Get Excited … there are few guarantees with Sonny Dykes and his staff, other than the fact that they’re going to install a high-flying, up-tempo offense that eventually challenges defenses in all directions. Jeff Tedford took the Bears about as far as they could; the hope is that Dykes can elevate the program, much the way he did with Louisiana Tech last season.

Oregon
Start: April 2 Spring Game: April 27

Why To Get Excited … The Ducks’ fourth straight BCS bowl appearance—a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State—occurred with a rookie at quarterback. A year older, sophomore Marcus Mariota figures to be a year better as well. He’s one of the game’s budding offensive superstars, and will be surrounded by exciting playmakers, like RB De’Anthony Thomas, TE Colt Lyerla and receivers Josh Huff, Keanon Lowe and Bralon Addison. Oregon will continue to run with anyone in the country.

Oregon State
Start: April 1 Spring Game: April 26

Why To Get Excited … the Beavers enter the new season in a far better frame of mind than a year ago, having improved from 3-9 to 9-4. Head coach Mike Riley will mold a solid corps of talent on both sides of the ball, which includes a pair of quarterbacks with starting experience. As long he can remain healthy, Storm Woods gives the offense its most dangerous threat on the ground since Quizz Rodgers was still in Corvallis.

Stanford
Start: February 25 Spring Game: April 13

Why To Get Excited … the Cardinal proved last season that it has staying power, capping an unexpected Pac-12 championship run by beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The program is soaring under head coach David Shaw, both on Saturdays and on Signing Day. While there are roster gaps that need to be filled during the offseason, Stanford possesses the confidence and the right mix of veteran personnel to repeat as the league champ.

Washington
Start: March 5 Spring Game: April 20

Why To Get Excited … the Huskies used a ton of sophomores in 2012 … and they’re all bucking to ascend to a higher level of play this fall. The program is flush with returning starters, especially on defense, where only CB Desmond Trufant leaves a glaring void in the lineup. A half-dozen defenders were named honorable mention All-Pac-12 as underclassmen, lending hope that U-Dub is poised to build on a strong finish for coordinator Justin Wilcox.

Washington State
Start: March 21 Spring Game: April 20

Why To Get Excited … the learning curve on the Palouse will be much flatter now that head coach Mike Leach has had an entire season with his players. The Cougars return nine starters to each side of the ball and both specialists, lending hope that the team will operate with a higher degree of consistency and pop this fall. Everyone knew it would take time before the new staff became ingrained in the fabric of a new program; a full year with Leach will prove beneficial to everyone, especially the quarterbacks.

2013 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- CFN 2013 Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On